BU basketball faces NCAA penalties due to academic performance (Updated)

By Anna Norris
By Travis Eldridge

May 16, 2014 Updated May 16, 2014 at 8:21 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton University's men's basketball team will lose practice hours for the upcoming 2014-2015 season due to academic performance.

The NCAA issued a “Level One Penalty - Practice Reduction" on the men's team. As a result, BU will be limited to four fewer hours of practice per week.

The Bearcats will also be required to take two days off per week, instead of the usual one day.

The Bearcats are one of 42 Division I teams have been given the level one penalty.

BU's Academic Performance Rate (APR) for the last four years has fallen below the 930 threshold. The four-year rate is based on the following results:

- 2009-2010: 739 (due to roster transitions)
- 2010-2011: 1,000
- 2011-2012: 917
- 2012-2013: 979

Six players were dismissed from the program during the 2009-10 season, following the 2008-09 America East title run. That is one of the main reasons for such a low APR number.

After the 2011-12 season where the team won just two games, three BU freshman transferred away from the program.

Student-athletes who transfer from the university with less than a 2.6 GPA cause a lost retention point. This is the last year that the 2009-2010 data will be included.

Director of Athletics Patrick Elliot issued a written statement on behalf of the upcoming season's restrictions.

“Academic performance is a vital part of the student-athlete experience at Binghamton and our overall academic performance as a department is exemplary, as evidenced by the 16 consecutive semesters our student-athlete body has exceeded a 3.0 grade-point average," said Elliot. "We will continue to strive for academic excellence with all of our student-athletes as we move forward.”

If you exclude the 2009-10 low number, the team's APR would be 965 over the last three years. That exceeds the NCAA's 930 cutoff.

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